We went to the lake Fourth of July weekend, and the kids had so much fun. I don't know why I hadn't thought to go earlier, but it's the perfect thing for them to do because they can run around in the sand and then get in the water when they want to cool off. I grew up going to the beach and I always thought that's what I'd do with my kids. And there may come a day when they'll like that better, but honestly, the lake is the PERFECT thing for them at this age - because they don't have to be scared of the waves. And, unlike the ocean and pool, with the lake they don't need us to help them to go in the water.
Crab applique swimsuits by Grandma N Ellie Handmade Clothing and Applique!
Grandma came with us and the kids had so much fun with her.
You know how you never-ever see anyone when you're out and about and look great and put-together? But then the second you look disheveled and a hot mess (minus the hot) - you run into a million people you haven't seen in 5 years? Well, I forgot my swim shorts at home when we went to the lake and I had to wear my skirt in the water. Then I forgot to bring a change of clothes or a shirt to wear. So we decided to go to a local super family-friendly restaurant after the lake and lo and behold...we run into an executive Mr. Howard works with and the woman who will be interviewing him for a promotion tomorrow. I'm literally in a wet skirt and a tube top. Out in public. Of course...
The boys had SO much fun. Connor was so excited. And Isabella, well, she warmed up a whole lot to the water, but unless someone was holding her she wasn't too excited.
And then, eventually, he got his ride on the boat too. Remember the bouncing that he did at the splash park? Well that's pretty much how he acted the whole time he was out on the boat. He kept saying, "Whoa!! Look!" to his Daddy and Casey the whole time. I actually think he may have been more excited about it than Connor. He is certainly going to be our little dare-devil. He and Daddy are going to have such fun mountain biking and snowboarding and doing all the things that scare the tar out of me.
The kids had so much fun with Grandma. Connor kept asking her, "Did you see me on the boat?" and Izzy and Aiden would say, "look" or "watch!" a million times to her. They certainly love their grandma!
I have plans to go a million more times before the summer is over. I even dug out the big ice chest so we can do some longer stays there. I'm just kicking myself for not thinking of it earlier this summer, because they have so much fun. The bonus for this Mama, though, is that they get so tuckered out and take great naps! The measure of any good day, in the life of parents with young kids, is how well your kids nap afterwards!